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WINTER STORM PAX ..Deadly ice and snow storm takes aim at U.S. South

The storm’s combination of rain, sleet, heavy snow and thick ice across the South is of “historical proportions,” said the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Georgia.

snow storm california 1th feb 2014
Traffic makes it way slowly up Interstate 80 near Donner Pass in Soda Springs, California, February 8, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Max Whittaker

The storm is forecast to reach from eastern Texas to the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic states by late on Wednesday. Heavy snow from the front will hit southern New England by Thursday morning, the weather service said.

Conditions in the South were expected to worsen overnight, with up to an inch of ice predicted in parts of Georgia and central South Carolina.

Two to 6 inches of snow fell in north Georgia on Tuesday, with another 6 to 10 inches expected by Thursday morning.

But Dan Darbe, a weather service meteorologist, said ice was the bigger worry, with a quarter to three-quarters of an inch expected in the area that includes metropolitan Atlanta.

The last significant ice storm in that region was in January 2000, when up to half an inch of ice left more than 350,000 people without power, Darbe said…..

South Carolina is expected to get up to 1.5 inches of ice over the next 48 hours. The National Guard was put on alert and shelters prepared in the state.

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Georgia. Governors in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi declared weather emergencies and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order to close state government on Wednesday.
source
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/02/12/us-usa-weather-idINBREA120WG20140212
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Atlanta area braces for dangerous ice storm 12th Feb 2014

ATLANTA (AP) – Emergency management workers hunkered down in Atlanta waiting to spring into action as rain – along with temperatures – fell overnight, potentially leading to “catastrophic” ice conditions that were forecast to hit the region.
snow in atlanta  11th feb 2013

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forecasters warned that the second punch would likely bring a thick layer of ice and heavy winds that could knock out power to thousands of people and leave people stranded in their cold, dark homes for days.

“The message I really want to share is, as of midnight tonight, wherever you are, you need to plan on staying there for a while,” Reed said. “The bottom line is that all of the information that we have right now suggests that we are facing an icing event that is very unusual for the metropolitan region and the state of Georgia.”
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http://www.wowktv.com/story/24699476/atlanta-area-braces-for-dangerous-ice-storm

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2 comments on “WINTER STORM PAX ..Deadly ice and snow storm takes aim at U.S. South

  1. Winter Storm Pax

    Threatens Atlanta, Winter-Weary Southern States

    Winter Storm Pax, the sixteenth named winter storm of the 2013-14 season,

    Leaders in Atlanta and the state of Georgia are getting a rare chance at a “do-over” after a late-January Winter Storm Leon created gridlock on interstates, forcing some residents to sleep in their cars while others ditched automobiles and walked to shelter. Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed told reporters Monday afternoon that the city has doubled pre-treating capabilities for this week’s storm. Staffers will work 12-hour shifts and contractors have been hired to ensure all salt spreaders and plows are manned during Winter Storm Pax, Reed added.

    Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama had all declared states of emergency by Monday night

    Georgia

    Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 45 counties in central and northern Georgia in preparation for Winter Storm Pax

    State by state report
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    http://www.wunderground.com/news/winter-storm-pax-latest-news-20140210

  2. JEFF MASTERS has posted an article on winter storm PAX
    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2632

    EXTRACTS
    The latest blow from the Eastern United States’ endless winter of 2013 – 2014 is winding down, as Winter Storm Pax scoots northeastward into Canada. Pax was the biggest Nor’easter of the winter so far, and dumped more than two feet of snow in the higher elevations of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
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    GEE..this anomaly map.. is an eye opener

    Figure 2. Historical temperature ranking for the U.S. for January 2014. A persistent trough of low pressure over the East brought a top-ten coldest January on record to eight states, but an equally strong ridge of high pressure over the West Coast brought a top-ten warmest January on record to California, Arizona, and Nevada. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

    jan 2014 temp anomlaies USA

    A persistent trough of low pressure over the East brought a top-ten coldest January on record to eight states, but an equally strong ridge of high pressure over the West Coast brought a top-ten warmest January on record to California, Arizona, and Nevada. As a result, the January temperature over the entire contiguous U.S. was only slightly cooler than average, ranking as the 53rd coolest January in the past 120 years.

    According to the Rutgers Global Snow Lab, January snow cover extent across the contiguous U.S. was the 16th smallest in the 48-year period of record.

    Above-average snow cover was observed across the Northern Plains, Midwest, and Northeast where numerous winter storms brought heavy snowfall during the month, but below-average snow cover was observed for most of the West and Southern Rockies.

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